Boston Frustrated they didn’t Finish 76ers
So the Celtics dominated the early going, then promptly stopped working. They allowed the 76ers to out-tough them over the final 24 minutes, let them out-desire them when it mattered most. Then Boston players — seemingly hardly surprised by their own stubbornness — plodded to the bus to lament letting yet another one slip away this season.
“It’s frustrating,” admitted center Kevin Garnett, whose 36th birthday celebration Saturday will undoubtedly be tarnished by Friday’s events. After being otherworldly for much of this series, Garnett came crashing back to earth Friday, connecting on just three of 12 shots for nine points and 11 rebounds over 40 minutes. He turned the ball over seven times, unable to withstand the pressure he commanded around the basket.
“We had a team down, and we didn’t finish them off,” he said, sighing. “It’s pretty disappointing.”